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Air Force Takes Major Step in Cleaning Up New Mexico Fuel Leak

Air Force Takes Major Step in Cleaning Up New Mexico Fuel Leak

The U.S. Air Force has finally learned enough information to begin cleaning up a jet fuel leak from Albuquerque’s drinking water supply. The Kirtland Air Force Base plans to write and submit a report to the New Mexico Environmental Department before the agency can approve and make recommendations for cleanup. This comes as a relief […]

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Our Beaches Are More Than Sun and Sand—They’re Nature’s Infrastructure

Our Beaches Are More Than Sun and Sand—They’re Nature’s Infrastructure

by Jessica Grannis We’re in the dog days of summer now, and lots of folks are headed to the beach to make up for lost time since the pandemic began.  My favorite part of traveling to the coast from DC is watching my surroundings slowly turn from urban areas to the forests of the coastal […]

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Western Reservoirs Running Dry

Western Reservoirs Running Dry

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The West is currently in the middle of a severe drought, and Lake Powell, the region’s second-largest reservoir, is at its lowest level in decades. The lake, located on the Colorado River, is effectively a human-made storage basin that keeps the regional water supply in balance under the 100-year-old […]

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Drought Seriously Threatens Hydro-Electric Power in California

Drought Seriously Threatens Hydro-Electric Power in California

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Ongoing heatwaves and mega-drought across the Western U.S. threatened residents with rolling blackouts and even buckling roads. Now, rapidly rising temperatures are taking their toll on renewable energy infrastructure as well. After suffering some of the lowest rainfall rates in 126 years, Northern California’s Edward Hyatt hydroelectric power plant is predicted to shut down for […]

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Infrastructure Agreement Includes Replacing 100% of Nation’s Lead Pipes

Infrastructure Agreement Includes Replacing 100% of Nation’s Lead Pipes

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer According to a White House memo, the new infrastructure bill will remove and replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines that provide water to up to 10 million homes and 400,000 schools and daycares. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the provision would create jobs and […]

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“Glacier Blood” Threatens Mountain Ecosystems as High Altitude Temperatures Rise

“Glacier Blood” Threatens Mountain Ecosystems as High Altitude Temperatures Rise

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer “Glacier blood,” or “watermelon snow,” is sweeping across the Alps, and researchers are eager to survey the snow to figure out what’s responsible for the mysterious phenomenon—the culprit: algal blooms. A new study has found that the same algae that cause dreaded red tide are now blooming en masse on mountains worldwide. […]

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